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ECCT-MoFA Green Leadership Forum Series, Part 3

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On 11 June, Mr. Erdal Elver, President & CEO of Siemens Limited Taiwan and Executive Director of the ECCT was the guest speaker in part 3 of the Green Leadership Forum's series of presentations arranged by the ECCT's Low Carbon Initiative (LCI) for Taiwan's young trainee diplomats. The event, co-hosted by the LCI and the Ministry of Economic Affairs' (MoFA) Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (IDIA) was the third in a series of events arranged for Taiwan's trainee diplomats to brief them on a range of sustainability issues and practices in Europe and by European companies. The events are part of the LCI's CSR & Education mission to raise awareness about low carbon solutions and educate the public about how to go about achieving a low carbon society.
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In his presentation, Mr. Elver gave an overview of Siemens' portfolio of dedicated city solutions and the world's largest environmental portfolio. In line with the company's values on excellence, responsibility and innovation, Siemens has been a pioneer in many fields during its history. The company was an early developer of electric railways and X-Rays and the focus on research and innovation has continued. The company owns some 60,000 patents and spends 5.7% of its revenue on research and development. Thanks to this focus, the company is a pioneer in a number of modern fields including wind energy, high speed rail and 3D body scanners.
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Sustainability is a guiding principle at the firm which goes back to the company's founder, Ernst Werner von Siemens, who said that he would never sell the future for short term gains. In principle, there is recognition of the need to balance the sustainability of the planet with the need to make a profit and meet the needs of people. Siemens is working to address the major trends in the modern world: urbanization, demographic changes, globalization and climate change and this is reflected in the company's results. Mr. Elver highlighted some of the company's many energy efficient and low-carbon solutions in recent years, which have produced impressive results. In its 2013 fiscal year, products and solutions in Siemens' environmental portfolio generated revenue of €32 billion, accounting for more than 40% of total revenue and helped its customers to cut reduce CO2 emissions by 377 million tonnes, which is equivalent to the total emissions of 12 megacities.

Siemens is involved in a number of wind energy initiatives, including the world's largest offshore wind farm off the coast of Ramsgate in the United Kingdom as well as a tidal wave power project in Northern Ireland. Taiwan is an ideal location for offshore wind and the company is working to support convince the government to set up offshore wind farms off the coast of Taiwan. Another major area of focus is on energy efficiency in industry, transportation and buildings. According to Mr. Elver, by upgrading to energy-efficient electrical equipment, modern building materials and smart grids, it would be possible to reduce energy consumption by up to 70% in some factories and 40% in buildings.
Mr. Elver concluded that, as the home to world's largest environmental portfolio and dedicated city solutions, Siemens would help Taiwan to establish a sustainable future, particularly in the areas of renewable energy (including on- and off-shore wind power, tidal power, hydro power, biomass, etc), green mobility (hybrid buses and light-rail), green buildings (automation, energy monitoring and control systems, LEED certification), energy-efficiency management (totally integrated automation solutions) and sustainable healthcare solutions for hospitals (medical, building, information & communication technologies).
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